Some observers have responded to the historic Primetime Emmy nomination for Sandra Oh with variations on “What took so long?,” but not the actress. Oh, nominated for BBC America’s “Killing Eve,” is believed to be the first woman of Asian descent to be nominated for best lead actress in a drama series.
“You want to know what? Let’s celebrate it, man,” Oh told The New York Times. “I’m serious, just [expletive] celebrate it. It’s like, we’ve got to start somewhere, we’ve got to start somewhere. And I’m happy to get that ball rolling, because what I hope happens is that next year and the next year and the next year, we will have presence. And the presence will grow not only to Asian-Americans, you know, from yellow to brown, but to all our other sisters and brothers, you know, our First Nations sisters and brothers. Our sisters and brothers of different sizes and different shapes. If I can be a part of that change, like [expletive] yeah, let’s celebrate it.”
Asked whether she’s “cautiously optimistic” that change is coming, Oh, who was born in Canada to Korean parents, said: “I want to try and find another word for ‘cautiously optimistic’ because having been in this business for my entire [expletive] life now, I know and I realize that change is slow, right? Again, let’s try to celebrate it. And to be patient, maybe that’s it — to be patient and to be relentless about making the change happen. We can say the same thing for any kind of representation. It’s still slow.”
Oh was nominated five previous times for Emmys, for her supporting role in “Grey’s Anatomy,” and won a Golden Globe for the role in 2006.
We encourage readers to click on the link above to The New York Times to read the rest of Oh’s response to her nomination.